The annual Christmas Market at the Distillery District has officially opened for the holiday season.
The Toronto Christmas Market is one of the many holiday traditions Torontonians indulge in for some holiday magic with their families and loved ones.
The market has been ranked one of the world’s best Christmas markets by many authorities including Fodor’s Travel, Mashable and USA Today.
Open from Friday Nov. 18 through until Dec. 22, the market features over 350 free musical performances on the main stage from carolers and brass bands to award-winning singers and cultural dancers.
Two of the most popular things to do at the Christmas market are taking pictures in front of the giant white spruce tree, which is decorated with 18,000 lights and ornaments, and in front of The Heart of Christmas, a heart shaped sculpture, created by the Christmas Market.
Giovanna Nestico, of Italy, visited the Christmas Market for the first time with her family who lives in Toronto.
“My aunt and her daughters live here in Toronto and I came with them today because of course I’ve never been and I love everything that has to do with Christmas,” Nestico said. “All of the lights and the Christmas tree is so beautiful, I love it.”
As visitors walk through the Christmas market they can also see all the different handcrafted products at the vendor stations.
At the beer gardens and hospitality lounges people can warm up with drinks including beer, hot rum drinks and mulled wine.
From Tuesday to Sunday night, the Christmas market is open to the public. Admission is free during the week until Friday at 5 p.m. On the weekend the market charges a $6 entry fee to cover the costs of running the market and provide funding to those in need.